/ What band.....
For me it was the Smiths. Saw loads of the cure and the like and went to book tickets a couple of times but other things cropped up.
The Stranglers 1979
Pre-Wall Pink Floyd but I was a bit young at the time. It all went a bit Pete Tong after that one.
Kiss (was hungover as hell and had spent the day in the Australian sun)
Blue (got my dates mixed up and thought it was the weekend after. Gutted when my mate rang up to see if I had a good time)
Blur even. Damn predictive text on my iPod
I am definitely not, not was I ever a fan of Blue
Had tickets to see Nirvana at the then G-Mex. Gig was planned for some time summer '94. Oops.
Yep also had plans for Nirvana '94 - dash it!
Aerosmith. My last real opportunity was in the early 90s (Pump tour) but couldn't really afford it at the time. It'll be different if I get the opportunity again...
My Bieber tickets have just turned up so if you want to make sure you don't miss this one, make me an offer.....
Joy Division. Missed them by a couple of years (bit too young) then tried to make up for it by going to every New Order gig I possibly could.
Just to rub it in, I saw Thin Lizzy live in the NAAFI in RAF Congingsby in 1973 and there were only about 50 or 60 people there! To be honest, the supporting band were better but I can't for the life of remeber who they were. Oh, and I think I paid something like a quid to get in!
Johnny Otway and Wild Willie Barret at St Albans civic centre in 1982.
And I've probably misspelt the names!
HangedUp and Life Without Buildings.
Apart from those two, I have (not being smug here btw) seen every band that I ever wanted to see (it was looking a bit unlikely regarding Iris DeMent at one point, but then she played a few dates in Ireland in 2008 - the only time I've ever crossed a body of water solely to go to a gig)
the second night of 2 when The Residents played in Sydney.
after seeing them the first time i knew id better see them again the next night...only to be told id f*cked up the dates and that WAS the second night.
what an idiot.
Huh! I used to cross the Menai Straits regularly to see bands like Family, Heads Hands &Feet, and Humble Pie.
Soundgarden, the full post-Syd Pink Floyd, Manic Street Preachers, Deep Purple w/Ritche Blackmore, and Nirvana!
Its sad when a band member dies before you get to see them but a few years back during Gay Pride weekend the cheeky girls 'performed' on a makeshift stage on our works carpark and I had the misfortune to have have to supervise the event. I wished that one of the girls had keeled over and f*cking died, I really did.
For me I guess I was young enough and had the means to have got myself to Black Sabbath, Judas Priest & Dire Straits but I never did. I have dropped lucky on something I thought would never happen though. My dad had the 'Quo-Live!' album when I was exploring music as a kid and I remember thinking - wooo that sounds ace! Still gets played now on the ipod. anywhoo, the Quo have made up their differences and are playing 8 dates this year with the original 'frantic four' Rossi, Parfit, Lancaster and Coghlan and the set list will pretty much be the 'Quo-Live!' album. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that'd happen.
Its my old mans 70th B'day the same month as the Manchester gig. Guess what I've got me dad for his big day? :-D
> Had tickets to see Nirvana at the then G-Mex. Gig was planned for some time summer '94. Oops.
I also had tickets for this. I managed to see the Manics before Richie Edwards disappearance, somewhat by accident, my ex-wife was always very jealous of this fact.
Unlucky ! The Residents are special and I acknowledge your good taste.....
aha, a fellow Residents fan! always good to know.
yes, what i saw was fantastic stuff. incredible musicians. they had 'the fireman set' happening and all.
damn, im inspired to start a Residents thread. watch it die...
> Johnny Otway and Wild Willie Barret at St Albans civic centre in 1982.
"The set remains the same"
> I managed to see the Manics before Richie Edwards disappearance, somewhat by accident,
Me too, they were incredibly boring... ;)
Godflesh supporting Nirvana (Bleach era) - I broke my arm in a motorcycle accident earlier that day.
Sugar - deparate battle to get tickets but failed
Sleater Kinney - split up days before the gig
Melt Banana - I turned up at the venue a day late
White stripes - just never got round to it - too late now
Sounds great ! Wish I'd been there !
> Huh! I used to cross the Menai Straits regularly to see bands like Family, Heads Hands &Feet, and Humble Pie.
Oh, well I have crossed the Thames a few times for gigs but I kind of meant "body of water that required a ship or aeroplane to cross" :-)
(got the ferry to Isle of Wight for Bestival 2008 but I was not there for any specific band so it does not count)
> Sleater Kinney - split up days before the gig
I thought they honoured all their live commitments remaining after announcing their "hiatus"?
Anyway I think it was said at the time that their last few shows were somewhat lacklustre. I thought the writing was on the wall way back in summer 2005 when they played at the ICA, there was a body language thing going on that suggested Janet and Carrie were kind of snubbing Corin badly (that said, they did play a great set that night - sorry!)
I know , I was just getting sentimental about one of the best periods of my life.
Just like they say, nothing good ever lasts. ;)
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